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How to resolve family law disputes without going to trial

Paper graphic displaying various aspects of Family Law, including separation and divorce, child support, child custody, common law, guardianship, grandparent's rights and domestic violence.For Edmonton family law lawyers, Crystal Lawrence and Dustin Tkachuk, success in any legal case means achieving a resolution for the client in the most efficient way possible.

"Too many people are spending too much time in the legal system," says Mr. Tkachuk.   "We are all about finding the most efficient path from A to B.   That means avoiding going to court whenever possible, and even when it is necessary to go to court, we work very hard to find practical solutions."

Flat rates apply for selected services, all other services are charged at an hourly rate.

Contact us if you need help with any family law legal matter, including divorce and property, common-law relationship breakdowns, child support, spousal support and emergency protection orders.

Applying for guardianship when you are not a parent

The days are long gone when child welfare cases only involved parents and children.

"There are increasing numbers of cases where a family member other than a parent is seeking guardian status because the parents are not doing well for whatever reason," says Mr. Tkachuk.

Family law lawyer Crystal Lawrence says it is helpful to work with a lawyer who can see all sides of a child welfare case, including the position of Children's Services.   "I represent parents primarily, but I also have experience assisting grandparents and proposed guardians (aunt, uncle, friend) as it sometimes takes a village to raise a child.   This experience, accumulated over many years of practice in Child Welfare, allows me to understand the different vantage points of the various parties involved, and use that knowledge to seek the best resolution for my client." 

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a respectful process for resolving conflict, with the help of specially trained lawyers and other professionals, without going to court.  Registered Collaborative Lawyer Crystal Lawrence is available to help with the Collaborative Divorce process.

For more information on the Collaborative Divorce process, visit the following websites:,

"Too many people are spending too much time in the legal system."

- Dustin Tkachuk


Meet the lawyers of Lawrence & Tkachuk

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Get to know Edmonton family law lawyer Crystal Lawrence

* Registered Collaborative Lawyer

Crystal A. Lawrence Professional Corporation

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Get to know Edmonton family law lawyer Dustin Tkachuk

Dustin J. Tkachuk Professional Corporation

Rod Tkachuk of Tkachuk & Patterson is sharing space with us. He can be reached at 780.428.1593 or and this office is an appropriate location to send any mailed or couriered items.